A closer look at Xperia Themes

by XB on 26th February 2014

in Tips & Tricks, Videos

Xperia Themes_2If you have a Sony Xperia device running Android 4.3 then there is a good chance that you are already familiar with Xperia Themes. After all it was one of the big new additions in the Xperia Android 4.3 update.

Xperia Themes allow you to customise your Sony Xperia device, with a heavily skinned theme covering icons, buttons, backgrounds, volume bars, nav bars, accent colours and more. Sony says close to 300 different graphical components can be changed when creating a theme. Despite this, all of the familiar controls and UI paths are retained.

The Xperia Themes run on top of Sony’s skin, which tell the OS to fetch resources (buttons, icons etc) from an external source – forming the skin. Xperia Themes are applied in runtime, so there is no need to restart the handset when applying a new theme.

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Sony plans to increase the number of elements and apps that can be skinned going forward, so this customisable feature should only get better with time. There are currently over 20 Xperia Themes available via Sony Select (Settings > Personalisation > Theme), with more arriving all of the time. In particular, we look forward to the ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’, which you can get a teaser of below.

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Via Sony Developer World.

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